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lure

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noun \ˈlu̇r\

Definition of lure

  1. 1 :  an object usually of leather or feathers attached to a long cord and used by a falconer to recall or exercise a hawk

  2. 2a :  an inducement to pleasure or gain :  enticement <the lure of adventure> <the lure of her beauty>b :  appeal, attraction <may succumb to the lure of candy, sodas and other sweets — Cheryl Jennings-Sauer>

  3. 3 :  a decoy for attracting animals to capture: such asa :  artificial bait used for catching fishb :  an often luminous (see luminous 1a) structure on the head of pediculate fishes that is used to attract prey

Examples of lure in a sentence

  1. <the promise of easy money is always the lure for some people to take up a life of crime>

  2. <the fish simply didn't seem to like the lure I was using, so I didn't catch a thing>

Origin and Etymology of lure

Middle English, from Anglo-French lure, leure, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle High German luoder bait; perhaps akin to Old English lathian to invite, Old High German ladōn


First Known Use: 14th century

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lure

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Definition of lure

lured

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luring

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to recall or exercise (a hawk) by means of a lure

  3. 2 :  to draw with a hint of pleasure or gain :  attract actively and strongly

Examples of lure in a sentence

  1. They lured the bear out of its den.

  2. The suburbs are luring middle-class families away from the city.

  3. The police lured him back to the scene of the crime.

  4. Explorers were lured to the area by tales of a city of gold.

  5. An attractive window display can help to lure shoppers into the store.

Origin and Etymology of lure

see 1lure


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of lure

lure, entice, inveigle, decoy, tempt, seduce mean to lead astray from one's true course. lure implies a drawing into danger, evil, or difficulty through attracting and deceiving <lured naive investors with get-rich-quick schemes>. entice suggests drawing by artful or adroit means <advertising designed to entice new customers>. inveigle implies enticing by cajoling or flattering <fund-raisers inveigling wealthy alumni>. decoy implies a luring into entrapment by artifice <attempting to decoy the enemy into an ambush>. tempt implies the presenting of an attraction so strong that it overcomes the restraints of conscience or better judgment <tempted by the offer of money>. seduce implies a leading astray by persuasion or false promises <seduced by assurances of assistance>.

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LURE Defined for English Language Learners

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lure

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noun \ˈlu̇r\

Definition of lure for English Language Learners

  • : an appealing or attractive quality

  • : a device used for attracting and catching animals, birds, or especially fish


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lure

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Definition of lure for English Language Learners

  • : to cause or persuade (a person or an animal) to go somewhere or to do something by offering some pleasure or gain


LURE Defined for Kids

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lure

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noun \ˈlu̇r\

Definition of lure for Students

  1. 1 :  something that attracts or tempts

  2. 2 :  an artificial bait for catching fish


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lure

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Definition of lure for Students

lured

luring

  1. :  to tempt by offering pleasure or gain <Men were lured by tales of treasure.>



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